1883 Photograph – Katie Schwartz Lynch

What a beautiful woman – and we know her name!  Let me introduce you to Katie Schwartz.  This Nashville, Tennessee, photo was taken in 1883, as written on back.  It is a little bit daring since her sleeves are very short – quite unusual for a photograph taken in 1883 to show so much arm.

With a little research I’ve found that Katie was born July 3, 1859, to Abraham Schwartz, who born in Germany, and Jane Earhardt, born in Tennessee.  In 1887, four yeas after this photo, Katie married Augustus Lynch.  According to the 1900 census of Davidson County, Nashville, Tennessee, Augustus was 31, a bartender.  Kate was 40, had 2 children, both living, William S., 11, and Nannie R., 7.  Katie lived to the grand age of 88 years.  She died June 28, 1948.

The photo was taken by Thuss, Koellein and Giers, located at No. 139 Union Street, Nashville, Tennessee.

 

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